Microsoft Wants Quick Death for Office 2003, Leads Users to Office 365
March 25, 2014 9:02 AM
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Support for Office 2003 ends April 8 along with Windows XP
Microsoft has stepped up its efforts in recent months to kill off Windows XP for good, and those efforts are now extending to Office 2003. Office 2003 has been around for over a decade and Microsoft wants users to switch to
Microsoft wrote in a blog post, "Office 2003 no longer meets the needs of the way we work, play and live today. For this reason, it is time to say farewell to Office 2003 and embrace the productivity solution of today – Office 365."
Microsoft wants users to ditch Office 2003
Many people have been using Office 2003 for years simply because it does all they need and it's paid for. Office 365 requires a subscription and you will need to continue paying to keep it active.
Microsoft says that support for Office 2003 will end on April 8.
We already knew that support for Windows XP would also end on April 8, and Microsoft has
resorted to pop ups
to tell XP users the end is here. Microsoft also
offers a $100 discount
to get XP users to upgrade to Windows 8.
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RE: Just A Matter Of Time
3/25/2014 11:26:51 AM
While not entirely untrue, it also takes up at least double the real estate that I use in 2003 (more than that for most users) and is less intuitive than the prior menus. With that in mind you can replace the menus (custom) but that doesn't do much for real estate which blows if you're on a lesser resolution machine. Additionally, while you do gain functionality and some new features that are potentially nice to have, it also abandons features that 2003 had by default and unless you're willing to pay $$$ to replace them your SoL. Your company may be better than mine and pony up that dough. Mine does not.
RE: Just A Matter Of Time
3/25/2014 11:38:20 AM
Yes, screen estate and menu logic is quite important too. More or less on the same line of thought, that the ribbon interface does make office less efficient for serious work.
Of course writing a letter isn´t serious work and office 2013 will do an excellent work in such a work scenario. Even wordpad would be plenty for such usage patterns :).
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